The walking dinosaur Rex returns to Xscape MK in Milton Keynes during the school holidays in 2017. The best thing is it’s free to see him and he’s going to be there on a number of days throughout the summer. Having seen him last year he’s very impressive and quite ‘real’. My eldest son was three at the time and he loved seeing him, but was a little apprehensive as he’s quite big. It’s not something to do as a big day out, so if you’re going to go out of your way to see him then have a plan of what else you’re going to do whilst you’re in the area. Watch our video below so you can see what he was like in 2016 and then scroll down for more information.

What does Rex the dinosaur do and when and where can we see him?

Rex is an animatronic dinosaur and last year he roamed around the Xscape MK building, so it’s just an opportunity for the kids to see a dinosaur walking around that they’ll probably think is quite realistic. He’s there 29th July, 5th Aug, 9th Aug and 12th August at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. There’s also free dinosaur themed arts and crafts activities on 12pm-6pm on all of those days apart from 9th Aug. If you’ve not been to Xscape MK before, then it’s the big building which houses the Snowdome. The address is 602 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3XS.

What else can we do whilst we’re in the area?

Anywhere that puts on free activities for kids will do so in the hope that you’ll spend money on other things whilst you’re there. This isn’t going be a particularly long activity, so before you set out on your trip, do have a plan for what else you’re going to do or pop in there on your way back from somewhere. In Xscape there is a climbing wall, cinema, ski slope, wind tunnel, bowling and lots of restaurants but obviously these will all come at a cost, so if you’re happy to spend some cash then there’s lots of cool things to do and places to eat. If you’re looking for free things to do, then there is a small soft play facility near the ski slope which is suitable for under 5s. If you’re happy to take a short walk to the shopping centres then there’s a free large beach outside John Lewis in Centre MK. There’s also a small soft play right at the other end in Intu MK. If you’re happy to jump in the car and explore Milton Keynes then just refer to Milton Keynes Kids the map so you can plan where you want to go.


Xscape Soft Play
Intu Soft play

Do you have any other ideas for the school holidays?

Yes – loads! Here are ten of the best sandpits and beaches that are free (parking charges may apply). These are ten of the best parks in Milton Keynes and one of my most popular ever blog posts is ten really cheap days out. Have lots of fun and don’t forget to email me your pictures of places you visit or any suggestions of places you think we feature –

I'm Laura, mum of two boys - aged six and four. I started this website at the end of Sept 2015 whilst on maternity leave. I now work four days a week and do this blog late at night once the little boys are sleeping. It's won several awards over the last four years and I continue to run it for free and mostly focus on free, cheap, and good value days out. Do drop me an email if you want to contact me. Don't forget to follow all of our latest adventures on facebook, instagram and twitter and have a look at all of the videos of the places we visit on the Milton Keynes Kids YouTube Channel - subscribe to it for notifications every time I add a new place. And remember... you may been reading this post months after we visited, do check with the destination you're visiting for up to date opening times and prices. If you find this blog useful then please do comment on my posts and leave me a Facebook review - it makes doing this all the more worthwhile.

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